Nov. 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — THE SETTING
The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Virginia Tech in the fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Wednesday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Wednesday is “Buck Night” and all tickets are just $1.
Brent Balbinot and Shelley Till will call Wednesday’s game for the Hawkeye Radio Network. Hawkeye fans can listen to the contest on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City, AM-600 WMT in Cedar Rapids, AM-1040 WHO in Des Moines or on the Hawkeye All-Access page of hawkeyesports.com. Balbinot is in his eighth season as Iowa’s play-by-play voice, while Till is in her seventh providing analysis.
ON YOUR COMPUTER
Wednesday’s contest vs. Virginia Tech will be streamed live on hawkeyesports.com via the BTN Digital Network. Hawkeye All-Access subscribers can watch live video streams of UI events on the BTN Digital Network at no extra charge.
Hawkeye fans can also follow the game via live stats (Gametracker). The “GT” link can be accessed under the “Calendar” tab on the front page of hawkeyesports.com or on the women’s basketball schedule page.
Iowa has played 1,073 games since beginning basketball in 1974. Iowa’s overall record is 656-417 (.611). That includes a 329-165 (.666) mark in regular season Big Ten contests and a 311-90 (.776) mark in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 2-4, with wins over Old Dominion (77-65) and George Washington (55-48).
Virginia Tech has lost its last three contests, including games against Saint Mary’s, CA (60-47) and Minnesota (65-64) at the SMC Concord Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif. Minnesota hit a buzzer-beater to defeat the Hokies.
Monet Tellier led the Hokies against Minnesota with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Aerial Wilson had 13 points and Alyssa Fenyn had 11.
Tellier is leading the team with 19.3 points per game and is second in rebounding at 5.5 boards per contest. Wilson is next at 11.2 points and Fenyn is scoring 11 points and has a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game.
As a team, the Hokies are shooting .419 (137-327) from the field, including .391 (25-64) from three-point range.
Dennis Wolff is in his first season as head coach at Virginia Tech.
REMATCH FROM CANCUN LAST SEASON
Iowa defeated Virginia Tech, 72-43, in the final game of the 2010 Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.
Iowa took a 30-15 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back. The Hawkeyes were led by Jaime Printy with 15 points and six assists. Kelly Krei added 11 points while Kamille Wahlin chipped in 10.
The Hawkeyes out-rebounded Virginia Tech, 42-35, and collected 17 offensive rebounds. Iowa also turned 23 Hokie turnovers into 24 points and received 26 points off the bench.
Aerial Wilson had 11 points to lead Virginia Tech, while Alyssa Fenyn had eight points.
BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE NOTES
? Iowa is 0-4 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games. The Hawkeyes lost to Georgia Tech (76-57) at home in 2007, at Duke (71-47) in 2008), at home to Boston College (72-67) in 2009 and at North Carolina (79-67) in 2010.
? The ACC has won all four Challenges. Last season was the closest margin, with the ACC edging the Big Ten, 6-5.
OPPONENTS IN THE RANKINGS
Four Iowa opponents are ranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls: Texas A&M (5/4), Purdue (15/17), Penn State (17/16) and Ohio State (18/19).
In addition, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, UNLV, Michigan, Michigan State and St. John’s are receiving votes.
HAWKEYES FALL TO DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS
No. 4 ranked Texas A&M defeated Iowa, 74-58, in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam Saturday.
The Hawkeyes kept things close in the first half against Texas A&M and trailed by nine at halftime. Texas A&M started the second half with a 19-7 run to stretch its lead to 55-34. Iowa couldn’t mount the late second half comeback against the defending NCAA champions.
Texas A&M capitalized on 25 Iowa turnovers, but only out-rebounded the Hawkeyes, 39-38. Iowa turned 13 Texas A&M turnovers into 22 points.
Logic averaged 14.5 points and six rebounds while shooting .500 (12-24) from the field against two tough opponents.
Logic started the week with 13 points, three rebounds and three steals in Iowa’s win over St. John’s. Logic was 5-9 from the field in 22 minutes of action.
Against the No. 4 ranked and defending NCAA champion Texas A&M Aggies, Logic was one rebound shy of a double-double. She scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added three assists.
Printy started the Junkanoo Jam with a team-best 17 points (8-8 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and three steals against St. John’s.
Printy added 14 points, three rebounds and three steals against Texas A&M.
PRINTY STREAK SNAPPED
Junior Jaime Printy had converted 30-straight free throws, dating back to Iowa’s game vs. UNLV (Nov. 13), before a miss from the charity stripe against Texas A&M (Nov. 26).
Printy went 8-8 against UNLV (Nov. 13), 9-9 against Albany (Nov. 16), 4-4 vs. Northern Iowa (Nov. 19) and 8-8 vs. St. John’s (Nov. 25). She made her first attempt against Texas A&M, before missing the first of two free throws in the second half.
Printy’s latest streak is the second time she has made at least 30-straight free throws. She made 32-straight free throws last year, one shy of Iowa’s record for consecutive free throws (33 by Lindsey Meder).
CHARITY STRIPE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes have cashed in from the free throw line so far this season.
Iowa has only missed 20 free throws in 112 attempts and is shooting .821 from the line. The Hawkeyes rank seventh in the nation in free throw percentage.
Individually, Jaime Printy’s .946 free throw percentage ranks 15th best in the nation.
HITTING FROM OUTSIDE
Kelly Krei has emerged as Iowa’s top three-point shooter. Krei is 13-25 from beyond the arc and leads the team with a .520 three-point percentage. Her three-point percentage ranks 20th in the NCAA.
Three Hawkeyes have recorded consistent starts in certain statistical categories through six games this season.
? Junior Jaime Printy has scored at least 15 points in all but one game, including back-to-back 20 point performances to start the season.
? Freshman Samantha Logic has grabbed at least five rebounds and dished out at least four assists in half of Iowa’s games.
? Junior Morgan Johnson has recorded three blocks in four of Iowa’s first six contests.
NESBITT SIDELINED WITH KNEE SURGERY
Junior Trisha Nesbitt will be sidelined after having minor knee surgery Nov. 15. She is expected to miss 3-6 weeks of action.
MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS
Four Hawkeyes are currently working their way up the career records lists at Iowa.
? Kamille Wahlin ranks fourth in career three-pointers made (177), 10th in career assists (324) and 21st in career scoring (1,139). She needs nine more three-pointers to move past Kristi Smith into third place, 16 more assists to move past Kachine Alexander for ninth place and nine more points to past Cara Consuegra for 20th place.
? Morgan Johnson ranks second in career blocks (171) and needs 65 more to move past Tangela Smith for first place.
? Jaime Printy ranks fifth in career three-pointers made (163) and 23rd in career scoring (1,135). She needs 15 more three-pointers to move past Wahlin for fourth place and three more points to move into 22nd place.
? Kelly Krei ranks eighth in career three-pointers made (129) and needs 10 more to move past Kristi Faulkner into seventh place.